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    An American Bronze Bell

    Meneely Bell Company, New York, USA
    1883
    Cast Bronze
    Marks: Meneely Rotaryyoke Patented Oct. 8. 1860
    38 inches high x 34 inches wide


    This beautiful bell, cast in solid bronze by the famous Meneely Foundry of what was then West Troy, now Watervliet, New York, has a shiny patina and is structurally very sound. With its heavy red painted Meneely headstock or yoke attached, the bell is securely mounted onto a heavy wooden frame. Measuring 38 inches in height with a diameter of 34 inches, this massive bell has a wonderful tone with its original clapper intact.

    The Meneely company was formed in 1826 by Andrew Meneely at Gibbonsville, New York on the Hudson River near Albany. Later incorporated into the town of West Troy, the city was later renamed Watervliet. This fine example of Meneely work is actually two works in one. While the bell itself was manufactured in 1883 as stamped on the front center portion of the soundbow, the bell is supported by a yoke, or metal headstock, of red painted iron manufactured by Meneely as well. With the words 'Meneely's Patented Yoke, Oct. 8, 1860' cast into the yoke, the 'Meneely & Co. West Troy, NY 1883' is cast into the bell itself.

    Because the Meneely Company was a premier and early bell maker in America, the bells have become quite collectible with installations in churches and public buildings worldwide. Indeed, the archives of the bells they sold still survive. In 1883, the year this bell was cast, the company installed a bell at St. Patrick's Church at Dallas, Texas, the only one delivered to the city during that year.

    Provenance:
    Horst Dimmler, Dallas (1982)


    Condition Report*: Normal signs of wear as appropriate with age.
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    October, 2007
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